started to hit me in the face and i said, oh, wow, what is this?... and two guys stepped out from the basement, uh, and we called the "astronaut suits." i knocked on one of the guy's masks, you know, and i asked him, i said, what are you doing? you know. and he told me, he says, we're removing asbestos. i said, removing asbestos? and he says, only on the first floor, only on the first floor! and i said, oh, i said, no tenants live on the first floor. >> they were removing asbestos for employees, who are only there for eight hours, but here tenants who live there 24 hours a day, they weren't going to do any removal for them. >> obama's role was to engineer a plan of attack for the residents. >> the group decided to get together and go down to c.h.a. and meet with the management down there. >> the c.h.a. was the chicago housing authority, responsible for all "low income projects" in the city. >> barack said we had to go; we just fell in line.